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MP Rob Flello to hold urgent talks after offal spill in Weston Coyney

An MP is calling on the Government to take action to stop the stench of rotting animal remains blighting a community. Rob Flello’s plea comes after a lorry shed its load of offal on the A520 Weston Road in Weston Coyney, on Saturday afternoon. Now Stoke-on-Trent South MP Mr Flello, who went to the scene, has contacted the Environment Agency to express his concerns.

It is the latest in a series of problems with animal waste being transported through the area. Stoke-on-Trent South MP Mr Flello said: “I’ve had discussions with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the trade body that represents some rendering companies. “They were looking at using sealed, refrigerated containers, but all that came to nothing.

They were looking at it from the point of view that, unless they were required to do it, they wouldn’t get the benefit. It’s a cost issue.” Read more: Meir and Weston Coyney traders and residents calling for animal waste trucks to stop passing through their communities[1]

Mr Flello described the smell from the lorries that travel through Weston Coyney as ‘absolutely appalling’, adding: “I’ve seen grown men be sick at the side of the road. It’s worse in the summer. I’ve heard of families having barbecues, but then having to go indoors because of feeling ill when a wagon has gone past.

“I shall be getting an urgent meeting with the relevant minister to show the photographs I’ve got.” Six years ago, nearly 2,500 residents of Meir, Weston Coyney and Wetley Rocks signed a petition, complaining about the odour and spillages from lorries heading to Cheddleton-based John Pointon & Sons. But Stoke-on-Trent City Council said it could little without a change in the law.

Pauline Rushton, from Weston Coyney Residents’ Association, said: “The wagons are up and down the road all the time. You could be living in the side streets off Weston Road and know when a lorry comes past because of the stench. It’s horrendous.”

Read more: Stoke-on-Trent MP Rob Flello offers to bring rotten meat to Parliament to spark debate[2]
The 66-year-old, from Weston Coyney, would like to see the animal remains transported in frozen containers. “If they did that, there would be no smell and it wouldn’t be as offensive to people.

You dare not breathe because of the smell.” Residents’ association vice-chairman Chris Walker, aged 35, from Weston Coyney, added: “Anyone who lives around here knows the smell. “They seem just to have a piece of tarpaulin over the top, held on with elasticated ropes, which is usually insufficient.”

Chris, aged 35, from Main Street, Weston Coyney, is planning to speak to Mr Flello about setting up a fresh petition. “Something needs to be done,” he said. Read more: Trespasser on railway near Stoke-on-Trent causing delays on trains[3]
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Following a spillage from a lorry on Saturday afternoon, we assessed the potential environmental impact and are content that, due to the prompt clean-up and the proximity to a drain that leads to a sewage plant rather than a river, there is no further risk to the water environment.

“As the vehicle was only five miles from the owner’s depot, the clean-up team from Pointons attended and dealt with the situation, including the removal of the waste product, and disinfection of the road. “No infected bird carcasses from the avian Influenza outbreak in the UK were in this load.” People are being urged to report any further incidents by calling 0800 807060.

No one from John Pointon & Sons was available for comment.

References

  1. ^ Meir and Weston Coyney traders and residents calling for animal waste trucks to stop passing through their communities (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)
  2. ^ Stoke-on-Trent MP Rob Flello offers to bring rotten meat to Parliament to spark debate (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)
  3. ^ Trespasser on railway near Stoke-on-Trent causing delays on trains (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)

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